Holy crap were my cheeks sore after This is Where I Leave You. It's a… MoreHoly crap were my cheeks sore after This is Where I Leave You. It's a pretty good movie with a huge cast, all with a flare for comedy.
Jason Bateman and Tina Fey lead the way and stand out, as they should, with the likes of Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver and more big names pitching into make this movie a success. They're also all able to carry the dramatic moments. Jason Bateman frequently does the same character, as does Dax Shepard, Tina Fey and Kathryn Hahn. BUT if it works, why change it? All their characters are proven and enjoyable. I'm starting to love seeing Rose Byrne in movies. She's charismatic and starting to choose big movies where she can be seen by more people. Timothy Olyphant steps in to help make This is Where I Leave You a success.
All of the stories work. There is humor and drama in just about all of them with a surprise at the end that will have you laughing. This film is the rare movie that successfully blends the drama with the comedy.
I'm not exactly sure why the critics didn't like this movie, but the whole audience (admittedly an older crowd) was laughing through most of the movie. And at the right times. I would recommend this movie to most. It's worth going out to see.
The Orphanage is a 2007 film that is incredibly creepy. I've been… MoreThe Orphanage is a 2007 film that is incredibly creepy. I've been looking for it since it was released on DVD, and am just now finding a copy.
There is a small but wonderful cast in place as this mostly monotone film plays out. Geraldine Chaplain is incredible. The twists and hints are well placed to lead this film to a magnificent ending that only makes the story itself that much better.
The Orphanage is a must see for any horror fan.
The Maze Runner is a good movie that starts out great, but gets lost… MoreThe Maze Runner is a good movie that starts out great, but gets lost in an ending I'm sure they needed to set up for a sequel, which may not happen because this one wasn't very well received. It's not going to be the kind of movie that stays in theaters and rakes in consistent cash either.
The Maze Runner has a wonderful young cast. Dylan O'Brien has done some stuff, but I didn't notice him until The Intern. He helps keep The Maze Runner going most of the film. I can't get over Will Poulter. He is the ginger from We're the Millers and does a great job as a tough-guy. Thomas Sangster is from Love Actually and gives a very good performance as well. The rest of the supporting cast stands out as well.
What starts as a strong story, with the logical progression and entertaining twists, begins losing what made it so good as it progresses. Then the ending makes The Maze Runner's success hinge on the next story, if it's ever told on the big screen. As the story progressed, it kept a flow that made it more and more intriguing. There was a certain point, though, where everything started falling apart.
I wouldn't say The Maze Runner is a movie you need to spend money on, but it would be worth watching down the road on TV.
Long. Unimaginative. Boring. Well cast. Waste of a good cast. There… MoreLong. Unimaginative. Boring. Well cast. Waste of a good cast. There isn't a whole lot to The Giver. I think they were trying to lull me to sleep before nothing happened. I can get what the director was going for, but they wasted this story. It's not bad. It's just not good. If you never watch The Giver, you won't be missing anything. They dragged what would have been a lame hour and thirty minute movie out to two hours and twenty minutes.
Boyhood is a LONG movie with little to offer in the way of depth,… MoreBoyhood is a LONG movie with little to offer in the way of depth, Boyhood managed to keep me interested. It's also amazing watching these actors age. I would, by no means, recommend sitting through Boyhood in theaters strictly for the length. But it's good enough to make it worth renting.
Tom Hardy uses The Drop to reinforce that he's the most versatile… MoreTom Hardy uses The Drop to reinforce that he's the most versatile actor on screen today and one of the most versatile in recent history. From The Warrior to The Dark Knight Rises, and now with The Drop, Hardy can create a multitude of different characters and make them stand out. The Drop is a good story. Straight forward, no surprises, the small twists come and go. You'll see the end a mile away, but that won't matter. The devil is in the details. In this case, the details are the actors. This movie is the best cast flick this year. Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace are over-the-top outstanding, and John Ortiz, Matthias Schoenaerts, and all the rest are top notch supporting cast. Dennis Lehane writes excellent movies that give the cast wonderful dialogue to work with. If you aren't a fan of dialogue heavy, magnificently acted movies, and are more of a summer fan, pass on The Drop. Otherwise, The Drop is a must see that I expect to see, even if just nominations, come awards season.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is an example of an average movie made much… MoreThe Hundred-Foot Journey is an example of an average movie made much better than it should have been by the cast. Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal head the film with Om Puri playing the father of the talented young chef, and keeping pace with Helen Mirren in some great scenes. The Hundred-Foot Journey is worth seeing in theaters, and the two hour film will keep you interested with no real lags. The editing is well done. The scenery is spectacular.
Don't get me wrong, there are some amazingly cheesy lines and the… MoreDon't get me wrong, there are some amazingly cheesy lines and the characters are, at times, over the top, but with everything put together, Snowpiercer is ultimately a success. It's a fast paced, ultra-violent movie with a solid story, plot twists and surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton are all huge parts in making Snowpiercer a success, but most actors could have been replaced with actors of equal caliber and still been a good movie, save Swinton. She creates a main character that I wouldn't want to replace in any way. There are things that could be changed in Snowpiercer from the story to the dialogue to make it better, but what they have here works. It's definitely worth renting.
If director Peter Glanz turns out to be a good director, this will be… MoreIf director Peter Glanz turns out to be a good director, this will be a good developmental movie. Glanz takes all the talent this cast has and renders them unimpactful through this hour and thirty minute exercise in directorial ineptitude. The script and setting had a feel that would have made a Wes Anderson type director turn The Longest Week into a successful movie. Instead, Glanz takes a page from Michael Bay and turns it into a mistake of an effort, making an hour and 30 minutes seem like a long time. Bateman's character is made to seem like one type of person, which inevitably has no impact on the relationship. There is nothing surprising, no twists, the reader is insignificant to the story. There are so many things wrong with The Longest Week that there's no reason to bother. There are no magnificent performances worth watching this for. No breakout efforts.
Expendables 3 is a movie that didn't need to be made. It's WAY too… MoreExpendables 3 is a movie that didn't need to be made. It's WAY too long at over 2 hours long and there are only three characters that are even remotely entertaining. Banderas does a very good job making Galgo come to life, Snipes entertains, and Mel Gibson does a great job as the villain. I know what everyone thinks of him, but I love seeing Gibson on screen. He's an entertaining actor. Too bad he's stuck doing movies like Expendables 3. Stallone, Statham, this whole corny new team, along with all the others have grown so incredibly tired. Even when it's on a movie channel, I'd say there is no reason to watch this movie. Hopefully this is the end of the series because I don't see any way back from this.